Swimming is a popular activity for most children to do in the summer. However, sadly I have been hearing more and more about young children drowning. These stories are mostly due to parents not using the right precautions when a child is around or in the pool. A couple of fast facts:
- Drowning is the leading cause of injury and death for children ages 1-4.
- 75% of deaths include children under the age of 5.
- 67% of deaths are between ages 1-3.
Where do these happen?
- 44% Home
- 23% Family/ Friends Home
- 18% Public Pools
- 9% Undisclosed location
- 6 % Neighbors Home
These statistics can be a bit shocking and scary, especially to a parent with a young child. However, there are a couple of safety tips to prevent something like this from happening.
- Assign a “water watcher”- a responsible adult or teenager.
- Keep your eyes on young children at all times.
- Have a fence around your pool and a gate with a lock. Keep the gate locked when you are not using the pool area.
- Have your child attend swimming lessons from a young age.
- Learn CPR in case of an emergency.
- Stay within arm’s reach of young children when they are in or near the water.
- Install a pool alarm.
- Have your child wear “floaters” on their arms until they are an appropriate age.
To learn more about pool safety head to: Poolsafely.gov